City gathers more input on Lincoln Heights' future

Public invited to workshops Wednesday, Thursday

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773,

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

The City of Spokane is offering citizens more ways to get involved in planning for the future of the Lincoln Heights District Center. On Nov. 4 and 5, City planners are hosting two days of workshops open to the public.

The two-day “Storefront Studio” event will happen Nov. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southside Christian Church, 2934 E. 27th Avenue. The studio will be open both days and the public can drop in at any time during the open hours to catch up on project progress, offer ideas, and speak with consultant team members and city planning staff. The concluding evening workshop on Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. (also at Southside Church) will explore objectives, providing alternative approaches for the community to consider and comment on.

The workshops are part of the City’s ongoing efforts to develop a vision for the busy Lincoln Heights District Center, which is generally focused around the intersection at 29th Avenue & Regal Street but includes the larger commercial area around Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. The South Hill Planning Coalition and the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council identified planning for the area as a high priority. In the fall of 2013, the City of Spokane Planning and Development began to gather baseline information for a study of the Lincoln Heights District Center. In June of 2015, a Technical Assistance Panel from the Northwest Office of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) visited the Lincoln Heights District Center area and reviewed background information provided by city staff. The panel held a workshop that culminated in an oral report for City staff and Spokane residents regarding land use and development challenges in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood.